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Welcome to Issue 4 of At Home with United. So much has happened since sending this issue to print including the COVID-19 crisis. While the content regarding auctions has changed with new restrictions in place, we are just as committed to helping you sell your home. Sit back and enjoy!

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Auctions!

How to buy & sell

via Auction.

New Laws!

Landlords know

your obligations.


Ed Says – It’s Ticking Along Nicely!

I get asked almost daily how the market is in the South-West

and I can honestly say its ticking along nicely in the current

market.

Sure, it’s not booming like a few years ago, but there are

ample and very genuine qualified buyers looking for a range

of properties whether they are residential, acreage, prestige or

investment properties.

The banks have also relaxed their lending, so more buyers are

getting the funding they need without having to jump through

as many hoops.

Our current days on the market are very reasonable and our

success rate with auctions is still very strong, and I believe the

market will stay this way for the next four to five years.

We still have extremely strong interest for land in the South-

West Growth Precinct and our agents are in constant contact

with owners in these areas, offering support and advice on the

best time to sell. Many sales are done without signs even going

up or properties being advertised on the market, as we have a

very large database of buyers we also work alongside to help

find the right property for. Some of these buyers we have been

working with for several years, and in recent months we’ve

helped several cashed up individuals and larger organisations

secure properties “off market”.

There are many ways to buy and sell property, but my alltime

favourite is still an auction. Read on about why I love

the auction method so much and get some top tips on buying

at auction. We’ve also got some very handy information for

property owners on the new laws that come into play. If you

are a property owner self-managing your own property, I

encourage you to give us a call for some FREE advice on how

we can help manage your property with minimal fuss. It really

is worth it.

Finally, as infrastructure works on the future Badgerys Creek

Airport continues to unfold, there is a real sense of excitement

building around the enormous benefits for the community out

here including better roads, exciting new communities, schools

and of course jobs. Driving to our main office in Bringelly every

week, we see something new happening all the time and I for

one can’t wait for the day the first aeroplane takes off from the

Nancy-Bird Walton Airport.

Edwin Borg

Managing Director

United Realty

Get on board with United Realty!

At the time of going to print, all care has been taken in providing accurate information in this publication, however readers are to rely on their own inquiries.


Changes to Residential Tenancy Laws

Changes to the Residential Tenancy Laws come into effect on 23rd March 2020.

The purpose of the changes is to assist landlords in managing their properties whilst also improving the

leasing experience for tenants. According to Fair Trading NSW, some of the key changes landlords need

to be aware of include:

New smoke alarm obligations for

landlords

All landlords will be required to ensure that all

smoke alarms in their property are in working order.

A landlord who is self-managing the servicing of

their smoke alarms will be required to:

• Conduct annual checks

• Repair or replace an alarm that is not working

within 2 days of being notified

• Replace removable batteries as specified by

the manufacturer, or otherwise annually

• Replace all smoke alarms within 10 years of the

manufactured date or as per the manufacturer.

Water efficiency measures

In order to charge tenants water usage, a

residential property must be separately metered

and meet water efficiency measures. All toilets

and taps must be checked at the commencement

of each new tenancy. This change will apply

to both new and existing agreements. As of

March 2025, all toilets must be dual flush with

a minimum 3-star rating in accordance with the

Commonwealth Water Efficiency Labelling and

Standards (WELS) scheme.

Changes of a ‘minor nature’

New regulations include a list of alterations,

fixtures, additions and renovations that are deemed

minor in nature, which Fair Trading believe would

be unreasonable for a landlord to disapprove of.

Tenants will however still be required to obtain the

landlord’s written consent to the change.

New material facts

In addition to the current material facts, a landlord

or agent will need to disclose if the property:

• Has been used for the manufacture of a

prohibited drug or plant within the last 2 years

• If in a strata scheme where major repairs will

be carried out on common property within the

agreement

• If the property is part of a building whereby

notice of intention to issue a fire safety order or

notice of intention to issue a building product

rectification order has occurred for external

combustible cladding.

Remedies for tenants for

breaches to information

disclosure requirements

If a landlord fails to comply with any of the

information disclosure obligations, a tenant will be

able to end their tenancy agreement by providing

14 days’ notice. A tenant can also apply to the

Tribunal for an order to end their tenancy. The

Tribunal will also have the discretion to order

the landlord to compensate the tenant for any

costs incurred as a result of ending the tenancy

agreement.

New rectification order process

NSW Fair Trading will now have new powers to

resolve disputes between tenants and landlords

over maintenance, repairs and property damage

through the use of rectification orders.

These are just some of the changes

coming into effect on 23 March 2020.

If you would like more information please

contact our Property Management Team on

02 4774 8222 or 02 4657 2166.

Alternatively visit www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au


It’s Auction Time!

Ask United Realty owner Edwin (Ed) Borg what his favourite day is, and he will happily tell you – it’s any

auction day!

Now into his 34th year in the real estate industry, Ed has helped thousands of vendors and purchasers

successfully buy and sell at auction and he is looking forward to a bumper year of auctions this year.

“I just love auctions because you know at the end of the day you a have exhausted every cent out of the

buyers. Whether you hold an auction on-site or at our monthly in-room auctions, you have immediate

competition at an auction, and a set date means buyers must be organised with finance to purchase on

the day,” he says.

“We still boast a 90% success rate whether you sell prior to auction, on the day or shortly after auction

and we have over 30 staff working behind the scenes to help with marketing the property to its maximum

potential,” he says.

Having sold in excess of a quarter of a billion dollars-worth of property last year, Ed says he is looking

forward to a bumper year ahead auctioning properties.

“Over the years I have personally bought and sold property via auction and many times I have paid well

above the reserve price, and I still believe it is the best method of selling a property. It’s also a team effort

at United Realty to sell your home via auction and we employ some of the best auctioneers Sydney has to

offer, so you know you are going to get the best possible result come auction day.”

Ed says home and landowners considering selling shouldn’t wait for Spring to put their property on the

market.

“The cooler months are often the months when we get the record prices because there is traditionally less

stock on the market so demand is higher. I encourage anyone considering selling to give us a call for a

FREE and CONFIDENTIAL chat about their property.”

Benefits of Selling via Auction

• You stand out from other properties on the market

• You have a set sale date on the calendar

• A concentrated marketing campaign leads to less time on the market and more exposure to buyers

• No advertised price attracts more buyers and creates competition

• You are safeguarded by your reserve price

• You can sell before auction if you wish

• There is no maximum price and competitive bidding can

push the price up

• There is an unconditional exchange on the fall of the

hammer – buyers can’t change their mind

• A very high success rate before, during or shortly after.

Interested in finding out more

about our auction process?

Call 4774 8222 or 4657 2166

and ask to speak to one

of our agents.

Hover your phone camesa

over the QR code to see a

video of our Auction


Buyers TIPS

Wayne Robertson, Senior Mortgage Broker at Right Layne Property & Finance,

says “when it comes to buying at an auction, there are several key things to

have organised before you put your hand up to bid.”

“If you’ve found a home you want, before you go to the auction, attend a few

auctions as an observer. This will make you feel more comfortable when the

big day comes”, says Wayne.

“Do your research on the market you are buying in. Request a property

report for the property and surrounding area from your broker to get a better

understanding on what prices are like, and what the possible purchase price

may be. You may also be able to get an independent valuation done on the

property prior to auction.”

“Also have your finances in order in time for the auction with a pre-approval. If you are borrowing to

purchase, ensure the pre-approval is a fully assessed pre-approval, that is subject to the property valuation

only.”

On the day of the Auction, Wayne says arrive early and be confident with your body language when you

bid – but don’t get carried away and go over your budget.

“You may consider getting a trusted person to bid on your behalf (i.e. a family member) to ensure you don’t

let your emotions get the better of you on the day,” he says.

If you are the successful bidder at auction, generally you will need to sign the contract and provide a

deposit (in most cases this is 10% of the purchase price). So be prepared to have a cheque, deposit bond

or the ability to make an electronic transfer on the day.

W www.rightlayne.com.au M 0468 427 454

Get to know CHARLIE CINI

A long time Bringelly resident with a sales background spanning more than 30 years; Charlie has established

solid working relationships with solicitors, conveyancers, valuers, developers and many members of the

local community. His expertise in real estate spans from residential homes, lifestyle & prestige properties,

to hobby farms, large rural properties and development sites.

Favourite food

Any kind of seafood – fish, prawns, crabs I love it all.

Life before Real Estate

Prior to real estate, I owned a plastic manufacturing

company for 12 years.

Favourite local eatery

Enzo’s in Camden, great Italian food.

Hobbies/interests

I like going fishing in Botany Bay or anywhere in Port

Hacking and enjoy deep sea fishing occasionally.

Favourite sports team

Brisbane Broncos.

Motto

Honesty is your best policy.

When I’m not working, I’m….

The family guy spending time with my

lovely wife and our four grandchildren.

Favourite holiday destination

Definitely the Gold Coast, I’ve been

going there for the last 30 years.

Turn the page for available properties >>>

These properties are just some of the great properties we currently have For Sale or Auction. See our website for all properties and pricing information.


350 New Jerusalem Road, Oakdale

4 3 6 23.33 ACRES

APPROX.

385 Park Road, Luddenham

49.4 ACRES

APPROX.

Unique rural paradise ideal for horse lovers/tradies with fenced paddocks &

sheds.

• Multiple living areas

• Undercover entertaining area with in-ground pool

Sizeable approx. 49.4 acre parcel located within the South-West Sydney Airport

Structure Plans.

• Less than 10 km from future Badgerys Creek Airport

• Zoned Agribusiness

295 Garlicks Range Road, Orangeville

6 3 12 5.07 ACRES

APPROX.

11 Hodges Place, Currans Hill

4 1 1 445.2 SQ.M

APPROX.

Resort-style home with all the luxuries of contemporary living in a blissful rural

setting.

• 12 car shed + 3-phase power

• Parents retreat, in-ground pool

Well maintained family home with renovated bathroom & kitchen, ideal for

investors/families.

• Combined lounge/dining + family room

• Plantation shutters, alarm

222 Binalong Road, Belimbla Park

4 1 3 2.05 ACRES

APPROX.

79 Wanawong Street, Belimbla Park

3 2 6.41 ACRES

APPROX.

Renovated and refreshed homestead ideal for truckies/tradies with great side

access

• Renovated kitchen, large pantry

• Large shed

Immaculate three bedroom plus study home on pristine acres, ideal for horse

lovers or those seeking a private parcel on which to call home.

• Formal living & dining, family & meals

• Master with ensuite, walk-in robe

175 Lee & Clarke Road, Kemps Creek

5 2 1 5.14 ACRES

APPROX.

405 Mulhollands Road, Thirlmere

5 5 16 48.43 ACRES

APPROX.

Acres within the recently released “Aerotropolis Land Use Plan” including the

Rossmore precinct as “urban land”.

• Potential to develop & build approx. 2-8 storey residential dwellings with a

density of approx. 45-80 dwelling per hectare (STCA).

Near new family home with wide street frontage on ideal corner block with future

development potential (subject to council approval).

• Modern kitchen, granite benchtops

• 1 bedroom granny flat

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250 Oaks Road, Thirlmere

6 3 2 20.41 ACRES

APPROX.

111 Eagle Creek Road, Werombi

7 4 4 20.02 ACRES

APPROX.

Substantial home, 2 bedroom granny flat built approx. 18 months ago by Belle

Lifestyle Homes.

• Zoned RU1 Primary Production with separate shedding including a home

office, commercial freezer and cooler rooms with 3-phase power.

Unique & private lifestyle property, horse paddocks, stables, plus additional

onsite accommodation.

• Family, lounge, teen retreat

• Modern kitchen

27 Abidi Street, Spring Farm

4 2 2 450 SQ.m

APPROX.

20 The Ironbarks, Picton

7 4 3 1.24 ACRES

APPROX.

Stunning Eden Brae designed home offering spacious floorplan, modern

interiors and modern convenient living!

• High ceilings, plantation shutters

• Home theatre, games room

Immaculately presented executive home in Nangarin Vineyard Estate, enjoying

stunning vistas.

• Formal lounge, family/dining, rumpus

• Master with ensuite, walk-in robe

9/60-64 Old Hume Highway, Camden

4 2 2

30 Olive Hill Drive, Cobbitty

5 2 2

Fabulous two storey townhouse in ultra convenient location!

• Modern kitchen, breakfast bar

• Formal meals, family + lounge

• Master with ensuite, walk-in robe

Architecturally designed, this home boasts light-filled living & dining zones plus

5 large bedrooms over 2 levels.

• Gourmet kitchen, Caesarstone benchtops

• Meals, media, lounge + alfresco

420 Montpelier Drive, The Oaks

5 2 2 29.5 ACRES

APPROX.

1100 Werombi Road, Theresa Park

3 1 6 4.94 ACRES

APPROX.

Equine acreage in a premiere street offering a character-filled 3 bedroom

homestead plus separate second 2 bedroom dwelling.

• Multiple stables, approx. 2 paddocks

• Wash & tie up bays

Distinctive acreage residence offering an amazing rural lifestyle!

• Family & living rooms

• Timber kitchen, slow combustion fireplace

• Ducted air conditioning

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245 Calf Farm Road, Mount Hunter

3 2 1 25.4 ACRES

APPROX.

7 Lilyfield Close, Catherine Field

1 1 0 0.99 ACRES

APPROX.

Sprawling 3 bedroom home offering lifestyle & seclusion.

• Casual meals, formal dining, lounge + studio

• High raked ceilings, exposed beams

• 3 phase power

Elevated parcel with Blue Mountains vistas with council approved granny flat.

• Build your dream home or dual occ (STCA)

• Septic & town water

• Approx. 16 km to future Badgerys Creek Airport

34 Benwerrin Crescent, Grasmere

4 2 4 1 ACRES

APPROX.

10 Boltons Street, Horningsea Park

4 3 2 777.2 SQ.M

APPROX.

Superior double brick, energy efficient family haven with soaring ceilings, an

abundance of space & grass tennis court.

• Formal lounge, family, dining

• Large kitchen, walk-in pantry

Prestige home showcasing fresh and contemporary interiors, multiple living &

gourmet kitchen.

• Private theatre, ducted vacuum

• Enormous undercover alfresco

30 Alexander Way, Mount Hunter

4 2 2 4.96 ACRES

APPROX.

40 Justis Drive, Harrington Park

4 2 2 543.3 SQ.M

APPROX.

Absolutely immaculate, French Provincial style home with modern inclusions

and peaceful valley views.

• French provincial kitchen

• Generous living & dining

Modern family haven, ideally located in a family-friendly suburb, offering a

fabulous layout for those who love to entertain.

• Built approx. 4 years ago

• Open plan kitchen, Blanco appliances

Denham Court

5 4 4 2.47 ACRES

APPROX.

1 Duggan Street, Douglas Park

4 3 2 1,220 SQ.M

APPROX.

Award-winning home, set on immaculate sprawling acres & boasting a

championship tennis court, in-ground gas and solar heated pool, wine cellar

& more.

• Open plan meals & kitchen

3 bedroom home plus 1 bedroom granny flat (subject to council approval) on an

enormous block in quiet cul-de-sac.

• Walk-through kitchen

• Dining zone + separate lounge rooms

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3 Findley Road, Bringelly

5 3 3 5.09 ACRES

APPROX.

Rossmore

4 2 2 5 ACRES

APPROX.

Stunning home boasting a spacious kitchen with Caesarstone benchtops, lightfilled

living & dining rooms with plantations shutters.

• 6 bay American barn

• Ducted air conditioning

Sizeable, renovated 4 bedroom home onsite, this prime parcel of land offers an

instant rental return while you explore your options.

• Less than 500 m to proposed Rossmore Train Station

• Renovated kitchen

12/247 Garlicks Range Road, Orangeville

5 5 3 2.61 ACRES

APPROX.

146 Dwyer Road, Leppington

3 2 2 5.84 ACRES

APPROX.

Grand executive family residence boasting enormous living zones, parents’

retreat, grand high ceilings and stunning city views.

• Executive kitchen, butler’s pantry

• Amazing rumpus & outdoor entertainment

Amazing parcel in the growth belt suburb of Leppington, with its elevated and

cleared land and a family home onsite.

• RU4 zoning

• Close to Leppington Train Station

80 Michell Road, Thirlmere

3 1 3 11.37 ACRES

APPROX.

363 Cobbitty Road, Cobbitty

4 2 4 1.303 SQ.M

APPROX.

Former market garden boasting wide approx. 230 m road frontage – ideal for

truckies, market gardeners or horse owners.

• Original home, cleared & level land

• Dam/well with pump

Privately positioned modern country charmer in picturesque Cobbitty Village

• Private, light-filled living & dining

• Generous rooms, master with ensuite

• High ceilings, ornate cornices

LAND AVAILABLE

47 Highland Crescent, Thirlmere 767.3 SQ.M

APPROX.

Lot 104 Saddlers Close, Tahmoor

1,581 SQ.M

APPROX.

16 Melaleuca Drive, Montefiores 1,080 SQ.M

APPROX.

Lot 105 Saddlers Close, Tahmoor

1,610 SQ.M

APPROX.

18 Melaleuca Drive, Montefiores 1,114 SQ.M

APPROX.

23 Seymour Road, The Oaks 975.1 SQ.M

APPROX.

Lot 149 Alfred Place, Thirlmere

764.6 SQ.M

APPROX.

14 Seymour Road, The Oaks 975.1 SQ.M

APPROX.

Lot 150 Alfred Place, Thirlmere 764.6 SQ.M

APPROX.

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Owners Delighted, SOLD by United!

“I would like to say a big thankyou to Tanya Novek.

She has gone way beyond my expectations. Tanya

has made our home purchase an easy process.

From the first meeting, Tanya made us comfortable

and gained our respect, she provided us with all the

required and relevant information for us to be able to

make an informative and prompt decision.”

Purchasers,

10 Mooresfield Lane, Ellis Lane

“We purchased our current property through

Tanya Novek.

We had such a great experience with Tanya,

that we had no hesitation in asking her to

help us with the sale of what was a termite

ridden house, on an acreage property, in a

very tricky market, where the banks wanted

to lend to no-one and the up and coming

Federal Elections were making all property

purchasers/sellers nervous. From advising

us honestly on the “real market” (two others

before her had given us market appraisals

that were way over the top); Tanya set a very

achievable plan; continually assuring us and

easing our concerns in very tough market

conditions. The day of the Auction had its

moments, but with Tanya and her team doing

their work across all bidders, we achieved

a price well above our expectations. We

couldn’t recommend Tanya highly enough to

anyone who might be looking to buy or sell

property in the Macarthur area.

Michelle Baldwin, vendor,

490 Menangle Road, Menangle

“Mark Bargallie provided us with a great

service. He was attentive and noted

carefully our requirements and concerns.

We were kept fully informed throughout

the whole process. He negotiated as

requested and was able to deliver the

first of 3 sales we are working with him

on. We will be using him again.”

Kerrie O’Grady, vendors,

Lot 53 Balmoral Park Road, Buxton

“This is the second house I have purchased through

Gary Tomlins and he couldn’t have been more

accommodating – immediate responses to calls and

requests was very much appreciated. Very smooth

sale!

Linda Fuller & Blake Edwards, purchasers

12 Yewens Circuit, Grasmere

“Nathan Fleming and Edwin Borg both worked extremely

hard to get an awesome result to sell our house in

Hinchinbrook. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any

of the team at United to buy or sell and we are looking

forward to settling on an investment property soon that

the team at United are going to manage for us.”

Christine & Craig Thomas, vendors,

7 Egret Place, Hinchinbrook

“Charlie Cini’s courtesy and professional background

and knowledge has been extremely useful in our

dealings and securing a number of different land

holdings in the area (5). Charlie has been able to

liaise with both “on” and “off the market” sales, which

has great benefit to us.”

Purchaser,

1 Bellfield Avenue, Rossmore

“I am extremely happy how my property was sold by

Melinda Bargallie and Charlie Cini at United Realty.

Melinda especially was always polite and diligent, and

she provided sound advice leading up to the actual

Auction. Her manner made me feel very comfortable

and confident throughout the entire process, which

resulted in an excellent sale.”

Karen Agius, vendor,

154 Glendiver Road, The Oaks

“My husband and I were very happy with the way

Gary Tomlins handled the sale of our property.”

L & R Galea, vendors,

54 Portrush Crescent, Luddenham


Styling Trends to Avoid!

Trends come and go through the years and following trends can sometimes date your home. You

need to find the perfect balance of updating your home and following key trends that suit your

overall space yet still last the test of time. We’ve compiled a list of trends we are happy to see the

back of:

Wall Decals

Those overly popular Live, Love, Laugh are

decor pieces we’d prefer to not see any more.

They are out, and we don’t expect them to make

a comeback any time soon.

Feature Walls

We hate to say it, but painted feature walls are

out and have been for a while. It’s better to

commit to one wall colour throughout your whole

home rather than have multiple paint colours.

Fast Fashion

Too often we find that people tend to buy cheap

trending homewares (a lot of them too!) because

they’re a “bargain”. Quality over quantity is a

good rule of thumb to follow when purchasing

decor pieces.

Lighting

Pendant lights aligned in three’s above your

island bench, is becoming very predictable. Try

selecting one large feature pendant or hang two

pendants at different heights.

Furniture Packages

It’s important to keep the style of your home

consistent through each room, however every

furniture piece doesn’t have to match like

furniture packages. Select a few common

traits within your furniture and homewares pieces

to ensure everything remains consistent within

your space, whether that be distressed wooden

surfaces or black metal details.

The Little Styling Co.

4611 0027 or hello@thelittlestylingco.com

Team United Spotlight Wendy Weir

Proactive, enthusiastic and down to earth, Wendy Weir offers a professional, informative and

highly effective property management experience from beginning to end. Living in the Greater

Western suburbs area for most of her life, Wendy is active in staying up to date in the everchanging

local market.

Q: What do you love most about your

Property Management role?

A: I enjoy making things work and finding

solutions. I like to understand the needs of both

the landlord and tenant. I work hard to establish

communicative, long-term relationships. It is

mutually beneficial to keep everyone informed.

I am the facilitator in the relationship and enjoy

keeping everyone satisfied. This is the best way

to build relationships and maintain long-term,

trouble-free tenancies.

Q: What roles have you had previously?

A: I have previous experience within the pest

control industry and cleaning industry as an

owner operator. I find this does bring a valuable

skillset to my role as a property manager. My

favourite, ongoing, everchanging role is being

Mum to my five children. This has certainly

improved my negotiation skills!

Q: What do you like about working at United

Realty?

A: Having worked mainly in a residential

capacity since 2013, I

am enjoying the change

to rural properties –

some of the locations

are breathtaking.

I have joined a friendly

and helpful team here

at United that is like a

second family. I cannot

wait to see what is in

store for us for the rest

of 2020.


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property… since 1986

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